07. 05. 2010 Damascus (SYRIA)

Two uncomfortable, although short flights of Turkish Airlines, via Istanbul, have thrown us again the fascinating Middle East, in Syria.

The first impact of the Syrian capital has been deep... we got there in the night (about 3:30) on a Friday of the Islamic party ...

The city was still sleeping although occasionally some characters popped out: the tire guy opened 24/7 sleeping on his coach, an old man wrapped in his brown turban coming up the stairs of an unknown building, the receptionist of our historic hotel that has been seen suddenly appear fifteen Italians tired by the tedious journey ...

Going through the streets of the city on our bus where giant posters of the President stood out, suddenly came to my mind clips from movies like "The Bourne Trilogy," "Spy Games", "Syriana" ...
This city is very mysterious and gives me the idea of conspiracies, plots, betrayals ... it intrigues me a lot ...

Our hotel in colonial style is very old, not ancient, just old and shabby ... someone has defined it "disturbing", and indeed those huge rooms (empty), the long corridors at that time of night they gave you the idea of "a crime scene" in the Middle East ...

 

08. 05. 2010 Damascus (SYRIA)

Morning spent among the memories of the Greek, Roman, Phoenician in the immense national museum that, actually, didn't impress me a lot...

[Nick]: "On the bus, in bound the airport. It seems they finally found my backpack ... Yesterday it was the only one missing. The problem is that they don't send it to the hotel but you have to inform and have to go to the airport to retrieve it ...

What fascinates me, despite several trips to this part of the world, is to observe their lives flowing, drink an orange juice and getting lost among the scents of spices ... "

 

 

09. 05. 2010 Damascus (SYRIA)

[Nick]: "Today we visit Bosra, Nabatean city, which dates back to Petra, and which is only 100 km. In Syria, the monuments are not valued, indeed the same Bosra was inhabited by the Syrians until a couple of years ago ...
From Bosra to Shabba to see some mosaics and soon after we move to Sayyida Zeinab Mosque, dedicated to a relative of Muhammad ...
Inside the mosque there was an Arab who asked some women in black chador to regret for the death of Hassan, the grandson of Ali (???) ...
From there we move to the Chapel of St. Paul and then we take the opportunity to wander around inside the suq drinking a refreshing orange juice.

 

10. 05. 2010 Hama (SYRIA)

"Eastern Eyes that tells emotions" etc.. Daniele Silvestri sang and he was right, it's true ... those looks that sometimes you could steal sometimes hypnotized you...
Those deep and mysterious eyes that studied, watched with curiosity and interest almost to "analyze" these strange beings.

As I always said there is a great desire, by the future generations, of globalization, to feel like their near but far neighbors: the Westerns ...
And I saw here this desire stronger than in many other Arab countries. Syria, like most of the Arab world, fascinates me.

Coming back to the today visit: Maalula showed us St. Sergius and Bacchus Monastery, while a long gorge between rocks led us to Santa Tecla's one .
Everything reminds us of Jordan, moreover, is so close ...

I really liked the Monastery of Mar Musa, perched on a rocky hill, reachable only after a long walk ... A lovely French girl, Cecilie, from Bordeaux, voluntary in that lonely place, briefly explained us the many frescoes in the chapel ...


Finally, through a tunnel we came out at the library, there were five to six guys from all over the world, writing or reading or simply relaxing ... I found out that they were travelers who had stopped there for a few days and if by one hand, I wondered how they could come up there or even just as they had learned that place, on the other side I envied them tvery much, they really gave an infinite sense of freedom ...


Perhaps my aunty is right when she tells that I should get a "sabbatical" time and hanging around the world for a few months ...

I think the time is maturing more and more ... And admiring those guys I had the confirmation and awareness!

 

 

 

 

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